Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Ready to Fly.

The problem with being so single minded is that I get things finished very quickly!

Yes thats right I finished it. On Monday night I left it all laid out on the floor ready to baste.


So on Tuesday morning I got on with that then, quilted in the ditch. There was no way I was going to try anything fancy which might spoil this beauty. By the time Hunney came home looking for his dinner I had the binding on and ready to close.

It took me 5 hours to close it up and bury all my quilting threads after dinner last night. Hmm, Hunney still has a problem with burying threads, I've explained and shown him how it's done, he's listened to the knots popping through the fabric, but still insists that they will come undone! LOL


These pictures really don't show it in it's full technicolour glory. It is beautiful. At 70x87 it's the largest quilt I've made to date. I think in future I'll stick to the quilt as I go method for larger items though, as this one gave me one or two problems working with it as a whole. No pictures of the back you'll notice. ;-) No truly huge mistakes or disasters but there are one or two small folds which should not be there. I'll work on my technique during future quilts.

I have quite a bit of the batik fabrics left. There was more than enough to have given the stars their middles, but I didn't want to risk out weighing the butterflies. There was also enough of the upper wing fabrics to have made the lower wings with the same stuff, but I went for the scrappier look of all 40 fabrics! (I don't think it's right using the word scrappy when discussing this beauty, but it would be a good one for using scraps. Imagine all those beautiful butterflies made out of all your favorite little bits and pieces.) I have a half baked plan for all the off cuts and left overs, hmmm........

Have a great day.


13 comments:

Silverthimble said...

What a gorgeous quilt! I admire your stick-to-it-ness to see it through to completion so quickly!

dot said...

This is a beautiful quilt. A ver calming effect.

Quilting Mama said...

That is just beautiful!!

Explain to me the problem with getting things done quickly! LOL.

Great work, the colors are fabulous, that block is one of my favorites and the butterflies are incredible! Enjoy!

Andrea said...

Wow - super speedy or what ? It is a work of art - beautiful ! I have a collection of batiks that I may never use because they are too nice to cut - lol !

Ali Honey said...

It's a beautiful quilt! As far as i know you are allowed to work just as fast as you like! Go girl!

The colours work well together, I love it!

Maybe it's a Kiwi thing but I don't do knots - I sew all my ends in.

Karol-Ann said...

Hi again, you have been busy! Gorgeous quilt - well done.

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Oh it does look beautiful. Love the butterflies.

Pam said...

It really is beautiful!! And I totally admired you for getting it done quickly. If it was me it would be a 5 year project. Bravo!!

anne bebbington said...

Now it's finished I really covet it - I don't say that about many quilts. It's absolutely delightful - a real credit to you. As for the occasional fold in the backing I still get that sometimes especially on big quilts and I've been machine quilting a while - I won't tell if you don't and I'm sure it detracts absolutely nothing from it's beauty - well done!

Janet said...

Lovely....Loulee!

blackbearcabin said...

Love It!!!!
Let me know when you plan to send it to me, and ill be waiting by the mailbox :)
lisajo

Lynda said...

You are right - the butterfly quilt is indeed beautiful! I'm sure the back is fine, but have you tried the Sharon Schama method of layering up quilts using pieces of wood? I'm a real convert, and while I wouldn't say my quilt backs are completely tuck-free, they're certainly much better than I've ever been able to achieve before!

Rose Marie said...

It's gorgeous ... and who cares about the back when the top looks like this!